We are happy to help with all of your family dental needs, no matter how big or small! Here are some of the most common services we provide:
- General check-up and cleans
- Crowns and bridges
- Root canal treatment
- Digital X-rays
- Management of sensitive teeth
- White (composite) fillings
- Inlay/ceramic fillings
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Children’s dentistry
- Snore appliances
- Night guards/splints
- Gum treatments/periodontics
- Full and partial dentures
- Apprehensive patients
As our name suggests, we really do love looking after the dental needs of all your family members, including children and apprehensive patients. We take the time to make sure all of our patients feel comfortable, and to ensure your next visit to the dentist is a great one!
Below is some more detail about many of the services we offer. Of course, if you have a dental need that isn’t covered here, please contact our friendly team, and we will be more than happy to help!
Check Up and Clean
A check up and clean includes a full examination of your teeth, gums and other oral tissues. Not all things are visible to the naked eye, so your check up may sometimes include dental xrays that allow your dentist to get a comprehensive view of your mouth. Once an overall picture of your mouth has been established, any treatment that you require will be explained to you. Our practice also has a state-of-the-art intra-oral camera that allows you to see a detailed picture of your tooth. This helps us explain what treatment is required, as well as why. Calculus and plaque builds up on your teeth over time (it’s really normal, don’t panic!). It forms when plaque or food sticks to your teeth and is not brushed off. Because it’s hard, your normal toothbrush can’t remove it. A professional scale and clean removes the calculus from your teeth, as well as any stains, leaving your mouth feeling bright and fresh. Fluoride is also an important part of preventative dental care. It is a naturally occurring chemical element and when used at the right concentration, it helps to strengthen your teeth and prevent decay.
A simple clean may not be enough for some patients. When plaque and calculus get trapped under your gums for a long period of time, the bone and gums surrounding your teeth can get damaged. This leads to periodontal or gum disease. If gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to a gum infection and even cause tooth loss. A periodontal gum clean involves removing the calculus and plaque caught under your gums, and although it requires numbing (by use of local anaesthesia) and takes slightly longer, it is really important process in halting the disease.
A filling is a procedure carried out to fix your tooth when there is a hole in it. Firstly, your tooth is numbed using local anaesthetic (so you won’t feel anything) and then the hole or decay will be removed. Once the cavity is clean, your tooth will be prepared for the filling using a special tooth glue. A tooth-coloured, white filling will then be placed and set hard with a bright light. The filling will be polished and smoothed so it is comfortable in your mouth and feels normal and natural when biting.
We love looking after children and strive to make your child’s visit to the dentist a positive and fun experience. From iPads, toys and games in the waiting room, to watching TV or playing PlayStation whilst your child has their teeth examined and treated, our team know just how to put your child at ease. Looking after teeth from a young age is really important in establishing life-long good oral care and allows any problems to be detected and treated at the appropriate age. The team at Floss know how important it is that early memories and experiences of the dentist are positive ones!
Root Canal Treatment
When a hole is very deep inside your tooth, it is possible that the nerve is irreparably damaged and your dentist may suggest that a root canal is needed to fix it. Although it sounds daunting, root canals can be the best way of keeping your tooth. Once the tooth has been numbed with local anaesthetic, the nerve will be removed and over a few appointments (often one to three) your tooth will be cleaned and shaped to remove all bugs, then filled with a special root filling material. Different teeth have different numbers of roots, so they have different numbers of canals (big, molar teeth have the most). After your root canal has been completed, a filling will be placed, but ideally a crown will be recommended. This protects the treated tooth in the best possible way, ensuring your tooth survives in your mouth for as long as possible.
When a tooth has been damaged beyond repair, an extraction is often the best way to get you out of pain. An extraction is when a tooth is removed from its socket and the surrounding bone. There are two main types of extractions: Simple Extraction: The tooth and gums will be numbed using local anaesthetic, then the tooth is loosened with an instrument called an elevator prior to being removed. Surgical Extraction: This procedure is more complicated than a simple extraction. Teeth that require a surgical extraction are often very badly broken down. The tooth and gums will be numbed using local anaesthetic, and a small cut or incision in your gums will be made. Sometimes bone needs to be removed, or the tooth cut in half, to allow it to be removed. After your extraction, our team will provide you with instructions to help you look after yourself and ensure everything heals well.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that often appear in your mouth around 18 years. Due to their size and angle, often they won’t fit easily into the mouth and can be hard to clean, therefore often become decayed. Your dentist may recommend that you have them removed and the process is very similar to an extraction, and often requires some minor gum surgery. Due to the increased risks involved in wisdom teeth removal, more detailed scans and occasionally even referral to a specialist is required.
Crown, Bridge and Veneers
A crown is like a protective helmet that is inserted over your tooth. Teeth that have large fillings or show signs of cracking, benefit from having a crown placed to prevent them from fracturing. The tooth will be cut back to fit the crown and an impression (or mould) of your tooth is then made. After matching the shade of your teeth, the impression of your tooth is sent to a specialist dental laboratory where a perfectly fitting crown is created. The finished crown is then cemented in place. A bridge may be a good option to replace the space where a tooth has been lost in the past. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared, just like a crown, and an impression is taken and sent to a laboratory. When it comes back to the surgery, an extra tooth is suspended between the two prepared crown-like teeth, filling the space in your mouth. A veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain that is be placed on your front teeth to correct their shape, colour and appearance. A very small amount of you tooth is shaved off to allow enough space for the porcelain material. The colour of your teeth is matched perfectly and an impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory. Finally, the veneer is glued or cemented into place.
Dentures are a good way to replace multiple teeth that have been lost. They can be used if you have lost all or some of your teeth. After carefully designing your denture, an impression or mould of your mouth will be taken and sent it to a dental laboratory. Your dentures can be made from acrylic, or metal and acrylic, depending on what the dentist determines will work best for you. Often several appointments are required to ensure your dentures are fitting perfectly, allowing us to give you the best fit and overall result. New dentures often take some time to get used to, and occasionally they need some adjusting or tweaking to ensure they are a perfect fit.
Having nice straight teeth can dramatically improve your smile and appearance. Sometimes they are just a little crooked, other times teeth are sitting in the wrong spot. Using braces (metal wire brackets) or clear plastic aligners (Invisalign), teeth can be moved into a position that lines them up perfectly in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the different options that are available and which method would suit you best, as well as how long the process will take.
Having a gap in your mouth can be annoying, and sometimes filling it with a bridge or denture doesn’t suit you. The most ideal way to fill most spaces is generally by using a dental implant. During minor gum surgery, a titanium screw will be placed into your jaw bone, followed by a crown after a period of healing. There are many ways to have an implant placed and they are very dependent on each different case. Implants are a fantastic option to improve the function, look and feel of your mouth.
Tooth pain is incredibly uncomfortable and you want it gone immediately. We know how crucial it is to treat pain as soon as possible, so we have emergency appointments available each day. There are many different causes of tooth pain. It is always recommended to attend the dentist as soon as you notice a different feeling in you mouth in order to give us the best possible chance of providing you with a simple and cost effective solution. During an emergency appointment there are a number of tests that may need to be performed to identify the exact location and cause of the pain. Once we have enough information we are able to discuss what options are available for treatment.
Coming to the dentist can be a bit daunting, and we know it can be an unnerving experience for some patients. We specialise in treating apprehensive patients and know that sometimes the hardest part is walking through the front door. Our dentists are calm and compassionate and work with all patients to try to help them become at ease in the dental chair. We are happy to answers any questions you may have about your treatment and are willing to work with you so you are most comfortable during your dental treatment. We make sure that we have extended appointments available so that you never feel rushed, and will never pressure our patients into treatment if they aren’t comfortable. We have a number of different techniques to try to work with our most apprehensive patients, however, we do provide the option of intravenous sedation for patients who would prefer to be sedated.
Whitening, Mouthguards and Grinding Splints
There are many additional things a dentist can do for you. If you have ever wanted whiter teeth, need a mouthguard for sport, or notice you are grinding your teeth, your dentist will be able to discuss a range of options with you. We offer both in-chair and take-home whitening options, including Phillips Zoom Whitening, which can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter by the end of your appointment. Mouthguards are custom designed for patients of all ages. A mould or impression of your teeth is taken and a mouthguard that perfectly fits your mouth and bite is made. Custom mouthguards are ideal as they are the most comfortable and easy to wear when playing sports and because we know accidents do happen, having a well-fitting mouthguard is the best way to keep those teeth nice and safe. A grinding splint is used to help prevent wear on your teeth while you sleep. Long-term grinding can damage your teeth and cause you tooth pain and headaches. A mould or impression of your teeth and bite is taken and a dental laboratory makes a custom splint to protect your bite. A splint helps to stabilise your jaw and protect your teeth from more damage.